Victor McLaglen

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Victor Andrew de Bier Everleigh McLaglen (10 December 1886 – 7 November 1959) was an English boxer and World War I veteran who became a successful film actor. Towards the end of his life he was naturalised as a U.S. citizen. - Early life McLaglen was born in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. His father, later a bishop of the Free Protestant Episcopal Church of England, moved the family to South Africa when McLaglen was a child. He had eight brothers and a sister. Four of his brothers also became actors: Arthur (1888–1972), an actor and sculptor, and Clifford (1892–1978), Cyril (1899–1987) and Kenneth (circa 1901-1979). Other siblings included Frederick (b. circa 1882), Sydney (b. circa 1884), Lewis (b. circa 1889), and a sister, Lily (b. circa 1893). Another brother, Leopold McLaglen, who appeared in one film, gained notoriety prior to World War I as a showman and self-proclaimed World Jujutsu Champion, who authored a book on the subject. - Before Hollywood He left home at fourteen to join the British Army with the intention of fighting in the Second Boer War. However, much to his chagrin, he was stationed at Windsor Castle with the Life Guards and was later forced to leave the army when his true age was discovered. Four years later, he moved to Canada, where he earned a living as a wrestler and heavyweight boxer, with several notable wins in the ring. One of his most famous fights was against Heavyweight Champion Jack Johnson, in a 6 round exhibition bout. This was Johnson's first bout since winning the heavyweight title from Tommy Burns. Between bouts, McLaglen toured with a circus, which offered $25 to anyone who could go three rounds with him. He returned to England in 1913 and during World War I served as a Captain (acting) with the 10th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment, part of The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment (Queen's and Royal Hampshires). Later he claimed to have served with the Royal Irish Fusiliers. He served for a time as military Provost Marshal for the city of Baghdad. He also continued boxing, and was named Heavyweight Champion of the British Army in 1918. After the war, he began taking roles in British silent films. - Film career McLaglen's career took a surprise turn in the 1920s, when he moved to Hollywood. He became a popular character actor, with a particular knack for playing drunks. He also usually played Irishmen, leading many film fans to mistakenly assume he was Irish rather than English. The highlight of his career was an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in The Informer (1935), based on a novel by Liam O'Flaherty; Frank Tashlin's 1938 cartoon Have You Got Any Castles? features a caricature of McLaglen emerging from the novel and literally informing someone about some shady characters. Near the end of his career, McLaglen was nominated again, this time for Best Supporting Actor, for his role opposite John Wayne in The Quiet Man (1952). He was especially popular with director John Ford, who frequently included McLaglen in his films. Toward the end of his career, McLaglen made several guest appearances on television, particularly in Western series such as Have Gun, Will Travel and Rawhide. The episodes of those series in which McLaglen guest-starred were both directed by his son, Andrew V. McLaglen, who later was a film director. - Personal life Victor McLaglen was the elder brother of the actor Cyril McLaglen. Victor McLaglen was married three times. His first marriage was to Enid Lamont in 1919. The couple had one daughter, Sheila, and one son, Andrew. Andrew McLaglen was a television and film director. He was also the father of Victor McLaglen's grandchildren, Mary and Josh. Mary and Josh McLaglen are both film producers and directors. Sheila's daughter, Gwyneth Horder-Payton, is a television director. Enid Lamont McLaglen died in 1942 as a result of a horse riding accident. Victor McLaglen married twice more. His second marriage was to Suzanne M. Brueggeman. That marriage lasted from 1943 until 1948. His third and final marriage was to Margaret Pumphrey, whom he married in 1948. He remained married to Margaret, a Seattle socialite, until his death of a heart attack in 1959. He had by that time become a naturalized U.S. citizen. He was buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California. (from wikipedia)

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Gunga Din

Sgt. 'Mac' MacChesney

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Dishonored

Colonel Kranau

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The Informer

Gypo Nolan

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The Lost Patrol

The Sergeant

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Wee Willie Winkie

Sergeant MacDuff

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Klondike Annie

Bull Brackett

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Many Rivers to Cross

Cadmus Cherne

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Murder at the Vanities

Bill Murdock

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Broadway Limited

Mike

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The Devil's Party

Marty Malone

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George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey

Self (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Lady Godiva of Coventry

Grimald

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The Great American West of John Ford

actor 'Rio Grande' (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Sea Fury

Bellew

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Around the World in 80 Days

Helmsman of the 'S. S. Henrietta'

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Many Rivers to Cross

Cadmus Cherne

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City of Shadows

Big Tim Channing

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Prince Valiant

Boltar

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The Quiet Man

Squire 'Red' Will Danaher

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Rio Grande

Sgt. Maj. Timothy Quincannon

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She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

Top Sgt. Quincannon

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Fort Apache

Sgt. Festus Mulcahy

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The Foxes of Harrow

Captain Mike Farrell

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Calendar Girl

Matthew O'Neill

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Whistle Stop

Gitlo

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The Princess and the Pirate

Captain Barrett / The Hook

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Forever and a Day

Archibald Spavin

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China Girl

Maj. Bull Weed

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El Rayo Exterminador

Jeems O'Shea

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Broadway Limited

Mike

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Rio

Dirk

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Gunga Din

Sgt. 'Mac' MacChesney

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Let Freemdon Ring

Chris Mulligan

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Captain Fury

Blackie / Jerry Black

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Full Confession

Pat McGinnis

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The Devil's Party

Marty Malone

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This Is My Affair

Jock Ramsay

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Wee Willie Winkie

Sergeant MacDuff

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Klondike Annie

Bull Brackett

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Bajo dos Banderas

Maj. Doyle

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The Informer

Gypo Nolan

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The Great Hotel Murder

Andrew W. 'Andy' McCabe

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The Lost Patrol

The Sergeant

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Murder at the Vanities

Bill Murdock

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Guilty as Hell

Detective Capt. T.R. McKinley

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Dishonored

Colonel Kranau

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The Stolen Jools

Sergeant Flagg

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The Black Watch

Capt. Donald Gordon King

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A Girl in Every Port

Spike Madden

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Hangman's House / 3 Bad Men

Citizen Hogan

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Mother Machree

The Giant of Kilkenny

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What Price Glory

Capt. Flagg

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Hank

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The Unholy Three

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